Thursday, January 28, 2010

PGA Merchandise Show, Thursday, Day One


The first day of the PGA Merchandise Show is a good time to get your bearings and devise some sort of plan to walk the acres of golf equipment and products on Friday. Here are a few news items from Day 1:

St. Andrews Links chose the show to launch its new official website http://www.standrews.org.uk, which provides a full range of information on how to book golf at the seven St. Andrews Links courses, including the Old Course, and features and new online golf shop featuring official Old Course and St. Andrews Links Merchandise.

Three other important websites for those planning on attending the Ryder Cup in September in Wales are http://www.rydercupwales2010.com, http://www.golfasitshouldbe.com and http://www.celtic-manor.com Wales and Celtic Manor Resort (site of the matches) were well represented at the show.

For golf travelers, I visited a couple of booths that have some exceptional products that may not shave any strokes off your score, but will certainly help your “travel game”.

I chatted for a few minutes with Ralph Dunning, president of Dunning Sportswear, who showed me a product line of versatile dress shirts and sportswear. It’s an excellent line of wrinkle free products that also incorporate moisture management. For the intrepid golf traveler, you can throw away that travel iron, because this line battles wrinkles better than any I’ve ever seen. The designs are impressive as well. Dunning’s line features clean silhouettes, athletic fits, timeless colors and vintage 60’s tailoring. In addition, Dunning’s high-tech fabrics are all about performance and they won’t wash- or wear-out after repeated use.

Ralph Dunning is an avid road rider and Ironman competitor, who used his knowledge gained from designing fabrics for the cycling and triathlete market.  He entered the golf market in 2001 and was at the forefront of introducing performance fabrics to golfers.

Later, I talked with Jeff Herold, founder and inventor of Club Glove, an innovative luggage company offering golf bags, travel bags, head covers, gloves and towels, ski bags and other related products. Herold demonstrated the “Train Reaction Luggage System” to me. It allows you to carry multiple pieces of luggage at one time in unison. The three bags (which can be a combination of golf bag, duffel bag, weekend bag or laptop bag) are easily attached to each other and they glide easily across all surfaces, including cobblestones and grass, thanks to high quality, in-line skate wheels. Most luggage on the market has cheap wheels that don’t navigate easily. Club Glove has designed a great system that allows you to walk a concourse in the airport and have both hands free—one to hold a cell phone and the other to hold a sandwich. Now, that’s the type of innovation travelers can appreciate.

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